|Publication number||US7697298 B2|
|Application number||US 12/238,444|
|Publication date||Apr 13, 2010|
|Priority date||Aug 26, 2008|
|Also published as||CN101662916A, CN101662916B, US20100053905|
|Publication number||12238444, 238444, US 7697298 B2, US 7697298B2, US-B2-7697298, US7697298 B2, US7697298B2|
|Original Assignee||Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (12), Referenced by (10), Classifications (12), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Technical Field
The present invention generally relates to heat dissipation apparatuses, and particularly to a heat dissipation apparatus for dissipating heat generated by electronic components.
2. Description of Related Art
It is well known that heat is generated by electronic components such as integrated circuit chips during operation thereof. If the heat is not efficiently removed, these electronic components may suffer damage. Thus, heat dissipation apparatuses are often used to cool the electronic components.
A typical heat dissipation apparatus includes a heat spreader, a heat sink and a heat pipe thermally connecting with the heat spreader and the heat sink. The heat spreader is in contact with an electronic component, such as CPU and so on, which is disposed on a circuit board. The heat spreader includes four sleeves respectively formed at four corners thereof. Each of the sleeves receives a screw therein. During assembly, the spreader is fixed on the circuit board via the four screws, for contacting intimately with the electronic component.
However, fixing the heat spreader on the circuit board with so many screws complicates an assembly process and increases a production cost of the heat dissipation apparatus. As well, four holes respectively aligning with the four screws are required to be defined in the circuit board, which causes an inconvenience for layout of circuitry on the circuit board. On the other hand, points of application of force on the heat spreader will be reduced if fewer screws are employed. Thus, the heat spreader can not contact intimately with the electronic component.
What is needed, therefore, is a heat dissipation apparatus which overcomes the described limitations.
A heat dissipation apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a heat spreader, and first and second resilient plates provided at two opposite sides of the heat spreader. The first resilient plate includes a mounting arm and two fixing arms extending from two opposite ends of the mounting arm, respectively. The mounting arm defines a first mounting hole therein, and each of the fixing arms defines a first fixing hole therein. The second resilient plate defines a second mounting hole and two second fixing holes therein. The first resilient plate is fixed on the heat spreader via the first fixing holes. The second resilient plate is fixed on the heat spreader via the second fixing holes. The heat spreader is fixed on a circuit board via the first and the second mounting holes.
Other advantages and novel features of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
Many aspects of the present heat dissipation apparatus can be better understood with reference to the following drawings. The components in the drawings are not necessarily drawn to scale, the emphasis instead being placed upon clearly illustrating the principles of the disclosed heat dissipation apparatus. Moreover, in the drawings, like reference numerals designate corresponding parts throughout the several views.
The heat spreader 30 is a squared plate, and has a high heat conductivity. Preferably, the heat spreader is made of copper. The heat spreader includes four pins 31 respectively formed at four corners thereof. The pins 31 are protruded upwardly from a top surface of the spreader 30, for fixing the mounting structure 70 thereon.
The mounting structure 70 includes a first resilient plate 40 and a second resilient plate 50. The first resilient plate 40 includes a mounting arm 41 and two fixing arms 42 integrally formed therewith as a single piece. The mounting arm 41 is linearly shaped, and defines a first mounting hole 43 at a middle thereof. The fixing arms 42 are L-shaped, and extend vertically from two opposite ends of the mounting arm 41, respectively. The fixing arms 42 are oriented face to face, with free ends thereof extending toward and spacing a distance from each other. Each of the fixing arms 42 defines a first fixing hole 44 in the free end thereof. The first fixing hole 44 aligns with one of the pins 31 on the heat spreader 30. The second resilient plate 50 has a same structure as the first resilient plate 40. The second resilient plate 50 includes a mounting arm 51, two fixing arms 52, a second mounting hole 53 in the middle of the mounting arm 51, and two second fixing holes 54 in the free ends of the fixing arms 52, respectively.
The circuit board 80 has a heat-generating electronic component 81 disposed thereon, such as a CPU and so on, and defines two locking holes 83 therein. The locking holes 83 are located at two opposite sides of the electronic component 81, and align with the first and second mounting holes 43, 53 of the first and second resilient plates 40, 50, respectively.
During assembly, the first and second resilient plates 40, 50 are disposed at two opposite sides of the heat spreader 30, respectively, with the first and the second fixing holes 44, 54 aligning with and securely receiving the pins 31 of the heat spreader 30 therein, whereby the first and the second resilient plates 40, 50 are fixed on the heat spreader 30. The fixation can be achieved by riveting the pins 31 to the first and second resilient plates 40, 50. The heat spreader 30 is disposed on the electronic component 81, with the first and second mounting holes 43, 53 of the first and second resilient plates 40, 50 aligning with the locking holes 83 of the circuit board 80, respectively. Two fasteners such as screws 85 are provided to extend through the first and the second mounting holes 43, 53 and the locking holes 83, so as to fix the heat spreader 30 on the circuit board 80.
In the heat dissipation apparatus 10, since the pins 31 of the heat spreader 30 are riveted to the first and second resilient plates 40, 50 at the first and the second fixing holes 44, 54 of the first and second resilient plates 40, 50, four points of application of force are respectively provided at the four corners of the heat spreader 30. Thus, the heat spreader 30 can be mounted with a mounting force evenly exerted thereon, whereby the heat spreader 30 can contact intimately and uniformly with the electronic component 81. As well, only two screws 85 through the first and the second mounting holes 43, 53 and the locking holes 83 are required to mount the heat spreader 30 on the circuit board 80, which simplifies the assembly and disassembly process, and reduces the production cost of the heat dissipation apparatus 10. In addition, a layout of circuitry on the circuit board 80 is relatively convenient since only two locking holes 84 are required in the circuit board 80.
It is believed that the present invention and its advantages will be understood from the foregoing description, and it will be apparent that various changes may be made thereto without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention or sacrificing all of its material advantages, the examples hereinbefore described merely being preferred or exemplary embodiments of the invention.
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|U.S. Classification||361/719, 257/718, 165/80.3, 248/507, 257/727, 361/704, 257/719, 361/707|
|Cooperative Classification||H01L23/427, H01L2924/0002|
|Sep 26, 2008||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: FOXCONN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.,TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:CHEN, RUNG-AN;REEL/FRAME:021588/0851
Effective date: 20080922
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